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In this savage parable of the African American experience, Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave eking out a living in New Orleans in 1830, hops aboard a square rigger to evade the prim Boston schoolteacher who wants to marry him. But the Republic turns out to be a slave clipper bound for Africa. Calhoun, whose master educated him as a humanist, becomes the captain's cabin boy, and though he hates himself for acting as a lackey, he's able to help the African slaves recently taken aboard to stage a revolt before the rowdy, drunken crew can spring a mutiny. Middle Passage won the 1990 National Book Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Calhoun, a newly freed slave, accidentally boards a slave ship bound for Africa with a tyrannical, philosophizing captain and his rowdy, mutinous crew. "Blending confessional, ship's log and adventure, the narrative interweaves a disquisition on slavery, poverty, race relations and an African worldview at odds with Western materialism," said PW of this National Book Award-winner . "In luxuriant, intoxicating prose Johnson makes the agonized past a prism looking onto a tense present."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
read this book for my English class. it was a great book. It starts off slow but towards the middle it begins to speed up.Published 13 days ago by ruthie28
Much has been written about the importance of using literature as a bridge between the world of the privileged majority and that other, often invisible world of the oppressed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vickie I. Fang
Johnson brings brevity and humor to dark, magical realism.
The end is a little smarmy and predictable, if that is the ending that you choose to accept. Read more
Good for giving you a feel for the times and slave ships. Felt like it ended too rapidly. Vivid descriptions of life in New Orleans and on the ship.Published 17 months ago by nny
Middle Passage is kind of fun, but you have to take some pretty grim and repelling imagery with it. Full of characters reminiscent of others in movies. Read morePublished 17 months ago by puzzleman